"Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently." - Kitty O’Meara I recently took an online yoga class. The teacher talked about how he noticed that some people during this difficult time were really struggling, but then others seemed to be thriving and doing really well in their lives and businesses. He talked about COVID-19 as life's biggest yoga mat where we are truly forced, some of us for the first time, to meet our shadows. Without the distractions of the outside world, business, people, activities, and/or excuses, we are being forced to go inward and meet ourselves. Who are we really? What is really important in your life? Who are your true friends? What are your intentions? In listening to this very wise teacher, I asked myself if I had met my shadow self. I have and I have been working on her for years. Have you met yours? Without distractions, we are forced now to truly choose. Will we ride the rapids and navigate the water rushing wildly all around and deftly maneuver our raft or will we spin out of control and hit the rocks and sink? The choice is ours and if we purposely set our intentions at the beginning of our day, life will give to us what we give to it.
Everything outside of us is out of our control and COVID-19 just magnifies this truth. Trying to control what is outside of our sphere will bring suffering. With the world already suffering, what are you willing to do to bring peace to your life? I know I want to thrive and if I bring the intention to heal and bring my creative force to the world, I will navigate this storm.